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Hasidic Jews See Fiddler on The Roof for the First Time!

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Hasidic Judaism embraces joy and spirituality, yearning and learning, powerful singing, but most individuals in these communities do not own a televis...

The West's indiscriminate Refugee Policy discriminates

Lyn Julius | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Lyn Julius

Ever since September, when TV viewers around the world were shocked to see the lifeless body of a toddler washed up on a Turkish beach, a tidal wave o...

When Being Right With God Is Not Enough

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Certainty is not an indicator of righteousness. I suspect it is rather the reverse, that the more certain you are that you are right, the more likely you are to be terribly, terribly wrong.

A Tutorial for Nikki Haley About America's History of "Racial" Policies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Unfortunately, Trump's perverse proposals fit "right" in with the racist immigration history of the United States. So in the service of education, I offer Nikki Haley the following tutorial focusing on issues of "race" in our immigration and naturalization policies.

Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism. He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

In Defense of Faith

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Elaine Ambrose

I recently read excerpts from a website authored by a person who mocks those who are religious or spiritual. The writer repeated the familiar conde...

God Is Our Planet

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Mary Ellen Harte

The description of God changes through the prism of every human culture, but one profound universal similarity can be discerned among most cultures: God (one or many), holds dominion over the universe, including a tiny subset, Earth.

To Jews, Christians and Muslims: Let's Stop Drinking the Poison!

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Yehia Ghanem

As we condemn these shameful crimes and criminals, we must also consider the root cause, the real reasons for their twisted minds.

Review: 'Black Earth': A New Take on How the Holocaust Happened

The National Book Review | Posted 12.30.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

It is hard to do this expansive, thoughtful, meticulously researched book about the Holocaust anything like complete justice. Black Earth's greatest achievement is to take one of the most exhaustively considered events of the last century and to see it in a new and insightful way.

Can a Jew Love Christmas?

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.27.2015 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Jackie and Jay decided to visit New York and ask people on the street to convince Jackie to watch their favorite Christmas movie. Do you think it worked?

Are Christians Going Gaga for Judaism?

Ted Merwin | Posted 12.22.2015 | Religion
Ted Merwin

As a Jewish child growing up on Long Island in the 1980s, I was entranced by Christmas. I loved riding the train into Manhattan and gazing at the shop...

A Letter from George Washington To Donald Trump

Noam Schimmel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Noam Schimmel

In August of 1790 President George Washington wrote a letter to the Touro Synagogue of Newport Rhode Island. Like most American Jews at the time and ...

The Donald Trump Who Stole Christmas

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The Christian faith is not a building and does not begin and end on Christmas. Our faith must be a movement to change the circumstances of our world to better the lives of all God's children, regardless of faith or nationality.

Why Bob Needed Two Bar Mitzvahs

Sandy Goodman | Posted 12.20.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

Adult bar mitzvahs are not all that uncommon among American Jews these days. But two bar mitzvahs for a single person? That certainly doesn't happen very often. But here's one unusual, interesting instance when it did.

The Truth Hurts: Parshat Vayigash

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Judah's stirring speech to his brother Joseph still inspires us today.

The Lesbian Chronicles 2

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Inside of me lives a very young girl that has feigned dead for most of my life. That little girl stayed silent to protect me, and as a survivor mechanism it worked well, but I now need to be present for my young self, I do not want to stay hidden and silent any longer.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

The War at Home: Four Ways Good Faith Can Help Defeat ISIS

David Briggs | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What much research proposes, and history also teaches, is that democracy flourishes when we start with the idea that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

Latest Polling on Syrian Refugees Reflects Fear, Not Sense

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

National security experts across the political spectrum say Syrian refugees not only pose less risk than anyone else who comes to the United States, but rejecting them plays right into the terrorists' strategy of stoking global conflict.

Cha Cha Cha Chaaaaaappyyyyy Chhhanukahhhhhhh!

Lisa Geduldig | Posted 12.10.2015 | San Francisco
Lisa Geduldig

Here in San Francisco, where I accidentally moved 33 years ago from Anatevka (well, New York), the stores don't know Pesach from Chanukah. As soon as ...

Warren's Week in Twitter Polls

Warren Holstein | Posted 12.18.2015 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Week of 12/7/15 to 12/13/15 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldy engagi...

Countdown to Kristallnacht

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

Trump does not seem to understand the dangers in the kind of rhetoric that he is using. While we may be a long way away from Kristallnacht, it is worthwhile to point out the signposts on Germany's path to that fateful night. Trump has taken the first tiny dangerous steps towards unleashing forces that could trigger large-scale violence against the Muslim community.

What We Can Learn From Saladin

Hasher Nisar | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Hasher Nisar

Saladin offers a window into the rich history and peacefulness of Islam. He is a model of how we should respond in moments of peril and fear. For Saladin, "Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents with gentleness and kindness."

The Day After

Yair Lapid | Posted 12.05.2015 | World
Yair Lapid

We need to separate from the Palestinians. Not for them, for us. But that separation needs to be based on strict security measures and take into account the worst case scenarios.

GOP Presidential Candidates Stereotype Jews At Republican Jewish Forum

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

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